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  1. 9 hours ago, Mawdlin said:

    Has anyone played the ports of Baldur's Gate/2 or Planescape Torment/Icewind Dale on Switch?


    They are in the sale but reviews suggest they can be a bit clunky...


    They are defintely playable (and fully featured - I have them all on Switch, as well as all the PC big box originals) but the screen size makes handheld play a little compromised, especially on the lite. Having said that, if you told me 20 years ago that I could play Baldurs Gate on a handheld I wouldn't have believed you....

  2. Had a slow start this year but just packed Sissoko, Gabriel Jesus and IF Renato Sanches. I'll keep Sissoko but the 150K for the other two will come in handy!


    Any opinions on OTW Bale? Think he might get a few upgrades this year so considering investing now.



  3. I loved the NGPC and had a handful of consoles and a pretty much complete Clamshell collection. Still remember the excitement and anticipation of going into HMV Oxford Street to buy it on launch day.


    Sold everything off about a decade ago for not very much. One of my biggest gaming regrets. Not so much for the money (OK, that hurts a bit), but I would really like to be able to fire it up every now and again and bask in the nostalgia. Emulation just doesn't cut it for the NGPC somehow.


    So many classics in such a limited portfolio of games. Faselei, Metal Slug1/2 and Neo Turf Masters. And Card Fighters Clash is one of the best games ever made full stop.

  4. 2 hours ago, Stevie said:

    This game (just like its predecessors) makes me realize its not that I'm loosing an interest in gaming, its just that games that follows a modern formula wont keep me interested long enough for me to complete them. (with a few exceptions) inXile Entertainment deserves all the credit in the world for sticking with the formula and not messing up by introducing "new features we belive are wanted by gamers". There are so many beloved franchises that died because (probably) some executive or lead designer pushed for innovation, resulting in a game that's nothing like the game that gave you success in the first place. (Rage 2...whatever happened there? And the Halo games, I lost interest after 343 industries took over because its not the Halo I fell in love with)


    The choices you have to make and the consequences you have to suffer is so refreshing, especially when we have an industry where everything is so streamlined that gameplay requires very little thinking. Other games that takes place in a post apocalyptic scenario is often painted beautifully (Mad Max was absolutely gorgeous and so was Fallout 3) but the world of Wasteland is not a beautiful one, and I really wouldn't want to experience it firsthand. If other post apocalyptic games are Waterworld, then Wasteland is Cormac McCarthy's The Road. 


    The points you have to invest in skills and the party you have to assemble all requires you to actually stop and think for a minute, especially since you know you are travelling through a world where the choices you have made will affect the outcome and your ability to solve a problem. Didn't bother with a certain skill? Tough luck, go to bed hungry.


    I got this on Game Pass at the moment but I'm going to purchase it for sure. Companies that create quality are to be rewarded, even though I could complete it for free. 




    100%. This is a very clear continuation of the classic old school western RPG genre.The original Wasteland. Fallout 1 and 2. Gold Box AD&D. Baldurs Gate, Icewind Dale, Planescape Torment.


    Sticking with the things that make these games so fondly remembered but updating the UI and adding in all of the quality of life improvements that we have come to expect from modern games. Backed it in the original crowdfunding campaign and so glad that I did. Love it.




  5. 6 hours ago, Laine said:

    I had loads of help when I posted here a few weeks ago and I think I am a little better but I’m still struggling to complete a run! I can get to the third level relatively often but the third I just can’t seem to do enough damage or block enough and a few fights in I’m dead. I like playing as Silent as I love poisoning stuff but on loads of runs I’m getting bigger all cards that actually help that! 

    I wonder if I should focus on ironclad and staying alive to at least try and get through it? I seem to better playing the mad daily challenges. Feel like that’s good practice!


    Some very broad advice:


    Ironclad - Cycling strength (e.g. Demon Form) or block (e.g. Barricade + Entrench) works well. Corruption + Dead Branch is pretty much an instant win.


    Silent - Poison (as many Catalysts as you can get) or Shiv decks work well.


    Defect - More options here but lightning or frost based decks work well. Core Surge + Biased Cognition is a great combo.


    Watcher - Bouncing between Calm and Wrath works well. Calm to soak damage and then switching to Wrath at the right time for big damage.


    General advice - Try to improve your deck on every floor, don't take cards just because they are available (sometimes the best thing to do is not to take a card) and try to get rid of your weak cards (strikes and defends) if you can.


    But there are so many combinations that can work, it's difficult to give specific advice. Even with 400+ hours invested I still feel like I'm learning new things.


  6. Slay the Spire


    A rogue like deck builder but that doesn't do it justice. It is the most perfectly balanced game I have ever played (perhaps the best game I have ever played). I have sunk over 400 hours into this (on PC and Switch) and when it comes out on mobile (imminent) I will buy it for the third time. Perfection.




    The prequel to Into the Breach. Just as good. No flab on this either.

  7. This is a painful thread. These are the ones that immediately come to mind:


    SNES + 50 or so mint, boxed games

    GBA Micro (Famicom anniversary edition) + around 50 mint, boxed games

    Neo Geo Pocket (2 consoles and an almost complete UK collection of mint, boxed games)

    Snatcher (Mega CD)

    Panzer Dragoon Saga

    Dreamcast (30 or so mint, boxed games). This one really hurts - I loved the Dreamcast.


    I still have my Gamecube + games but not much else. I am such an idiot.



  8. 5 hours ago, Stanshall said:

    Great call. Darius Collection is currently on sale on the Japanese eShop. 


    I can vouch for this too - I imported Darius Cozmic Collection (wanted the physical version) and it's brilliant.

  9. 43 minutes ago, Swallow said:

    I completed the Serie A SBC this afternoon and took Tonali. He's a 91 rated CDM with Powerhouse chemistry according to Futbin.

    He's great. I have him matched up with RTTF Allan in midfield and they mop up pretty much everything.

  10. System Shock 2.


    Even now, some 20 years after the initial release it still looms large in my consciousness. The experience was so visceral that it has been burned into my brain in some way - to the point that I even have dreams about it from time to time (creeping through the MedSci block with only a wrench for self defence mostly).

  11. I got the same email and have also heard nothing since. I think I have your triforce plate and you have my Majora's! I'm hoping they will send me the correct one gratis, but if not and it gets complicated, perhaps a swap between us would be a good idea.

    I had an email from Nintendo customer service today. They will be sending me the Majora cover plate which I ordered but didn't arrive and I can keep the Triforce cover plate as a gesture of good faith. Hopefully they will be doing the same for anyone else affected by the mix-up.

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